The Workforce Development Board (WDB) has completed its annual EmployerOne Survey in Peterborough, Northumberland, Kawartha Lakes, and Haliburton. The survey, conducted between January 4th, 2021 and February 26th, 2021, allowed businesses to share information about their workforce experience in 2020. While there have been multiple provincial and national surveys, this is one of the only surveys providing local information to inform local services.
The 2021 EmployerOne Survey looked a little different than in previous years. The WDB joined with other local workforce development boards in Eastern Ontario to conduct a common survey. The boards worked hard to connect with their local businesses to generate a response rate that provides meaningful results locally and delivers a perspective on workforce development across Eastern Ontario. We heard from 268 businesses in Peterborough, Northumberland, Kawartha Lakes, and Haliburton. Across Eastern Ontario, surveys were completed by 1,344 businesses from all sectors of the economy.
With the support of the Ministry of Labour, Training and Skills Development, EmployerOne Survey results are being shared with educators, employment support agencies, businesses, economic developers, and industry associations to provide a better understanding of the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, occupational shortages, projected hiring and professional development requirements.
“We certainly appreciate employers in our region taking the time to complete the EmployerOne Survey,” said Jennifer Lamantia, CEO, of Workforce Development Board. “Your feedback provided timely, relevant and local data that helps inform the work that we can do together at a local level to help you meet your business goals and to develop and grow the local economy.”
Survey results for the WDB catchment area and the regional report are available at www.wdb.ca/employerone-survey-report.
Eastern Ontario Workforce Development Partners:
- Centre for Workforce Development, Belleville
- Workforce Development Board, Peterborough
- Eastern Workforce Innovation Board, Gananoque
- Eastern Ontario Training Board, Cornwall
- Ottawa Employment Hub, Ottawa
- The Labour Market Group of Renfrew & Lanark, Pembroke
Workforce Development Board is a not-for-profit organization serving Peterborough, Northumberland, Kawartha Lakes and Haliburton. Founded in 1996, WDB is funded by the Ontario Ministry of Labour, Training and Skills Development to provide labour market information, coordinate employment and training services, and engage employer communities.
For more information, visit wdb.ca or call 705-749-3250 (toll-free 1-800-340-0111).